At-Risk Youth Caught Up In Adultery

Proverbs 7:6-7 Dissected & Defined

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple (naïve) ones, I discerned among the youths (unlearned), a young man void of understanding (applied knowledge).

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

Characteristics of At-Risk Youth

Solomon is giving us three characteristics of a young man who will eventually get caught up in adultery.

First, we see that he is simple. That is to say, he is “naïve.” He is innocent. He is not guilty of wickedness. He is a simple young man.

The second characteristic is that he is a youth. That word does not mean “young.” We know he was a young man because the next phrase tells us he was a young man. Rather, the word young means “unlearned.” This would be similar to a young father or a young businessman who may be considered unlearned in his responsibilities. 

The third and saddest characteristic is that he is void of understanding. That means that despite all the things he has learned, he has “failed to apply it.” He doesn’t understand the purpose for his learned lessons of life. 

At-Risk Youth vs Loss of Innocence

Now, the opposite of these characteristics is someone who loses their innocence, learns the ways of the world, and learns things from the school of hard knocks! 

These two examples are not what we want for our young people. Either ignorant naiveté or the wisdom of worldliness? There must be other choices. 

Yes, there is. You see God has designed each of us to develop under an umbrella of protection. It is our parents, preachers, and teachers. While learning under these protectors, God intends for us to develop a dynamic love relationship with Jesus Christ. 

If we do choose to learn information about God rather than develop a personal relationship with God, then when we go out into the world, our naivety and youth will not be a strength. It will be a weakness! You will have lost the value of that wonderful environment of protection. 

So, we can conclude parents, teacher, and preachers, that it’s not about rules. It’s about relationship! Don’t be so naïve.

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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